Gabriel Iglesias' Awesome Car Collection

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Just how many Volkswagen Buses does Fluffy own?

Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias built an enormous fanbase for his comedy by leaning into the art of clean, relatable stand-up.

The beloved comedian was born in 1976 in San Diego. Eventually, his family ended up in Long Beach, California, which goes a long way to explain where his love of Volkswagen buses comes from. Both are home to beach and surfer culture, and it's where he bought his first bus for $700.

Iglesias' comedy career became a reality in 1997 when he quit working for a cell phone company to pursue stand-up. It was a slow start that financially drained him, leading to eviction from his home. From there, though, he's become a household name in the US through his stand-up specials, TV shows, and voice-over work.

Building from no money, he's worked himself into a position where he can indulge his love of cars. Mainly Volkswagen buses, but they aren't the only things on four wheels in Iglesias' car collection. These are the highlights of what has either passed through or stayed in his Long Beach garage.

Jay Leno's Garage

Iglesias' Volkswagen bus collection started with his first car - a 1968 Volkswagen Type II Transporter model he bought for $700. Unfortunately, when he went broke starting his career and was evicted from his house, he also had the bus repossessed.

Now he owns at least 18 Volkswagen buses that have either been fully restored or retromodded. The Transporter is also known as a Kombi or Microbus, and Iglesias' is a second generation, so it's a bay window model rather than a split window, meaning the windscreen is one single piece of glass rather than two.

What started as an interest has become a collection of Type II models with depth and breadth that Volkswagen has taken an interest in. The responsibility of igniting his passion goes to talk show host, fellow stand-up comedian, and car culture ambassador Jay Leno.

Jay Leno's Garage

23-Window 1956 Wolfsburg Edition Type 2

After his first acquisition as a collector, Gabriel Iglesias' van collection quadrupled in just a couple of months, and he found an incredibly rare 23-window 1956 Wolfsburg Edition Type 2.

You won't find one in collectible condition for much less than $100,000, so it shocked his financial advisor when it turned up in the books. It's a Deluxe Microbus that could still cruise at 70 mph with its air-cooled engine making just 95 horsepower.

It's one of the most desirable models for VW collectors, and Iglesias' model is a nut-and-bolt restoration. The Type 2 was classed as a light commercial vehicle but came in many variations, from work vans and flat-bed trucks to campers. This example is a nine-passenger bus.

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1950 Volkswagen Beetle Hoffman Edition

The most famous of Gabriel Iglesias' Beetle collection is another scarce model. It's one of the first Beetle's imported into the US and one of the few remaining here.

Iglesias jokes that he has more documentation on the car than on his family, which is probably also true. A car like that needs authentication and history to retain its integrity and value. The Hoffman part of the name comes from the Max Hoffman Dealership in New York City, which was responsible for many German manufacturers getting a toe-hold in the American market, most famously Porsche and Mercedes.

We're not 100% sure, but it looks like Iglesias' Hoffman Beetle is number 12.

Jay Leno's Garage

2018 Dodge Charger SRT Demon

Iglesias isn't just about slow old Volkswagens. He also likes a bit of muscle. He's since sold his SRT Demon, most likely to help fund his VW collection (he values it at around $3,000,000) but maybe also because it's a handful to drive daily, especially if you're used to 95 hp bus.

It's drag-race ready and has 840 hp under the hood from its 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8. If you're into the style and ambiance of driving an old Volkswagen, jumping into one of America's fastest muscle cars will be pretty jarring. It's another rarity, though, as Dodge only made them for one year.

Barett Jackson

2015 Chevy Camaro Trans Am

If you were incredibly lucky in Long Beach, California, in 2015, you might have seen Fluffy in his collectible Chevy Camaro Trans Am.

We know you would have had to be lucky as he sold it with 1,225 miles on the odometer. Trans Am Depot made only 77 to remind the world of the 1977 movie Smokey And The Bandit and the iconic black Trans Am with the golden firebird on the hood that starred alongside Burt Reynolds and Ally Field.

Each car is based on a modern Chevrolet Camaro, came with a cowboy hat, and was signed by Burt Reynolds.

Barett Jackson

Chrysler 300 SRT8

If you want something with some power and an old-school feel but still fly under the radar in Los Angeles county, a Chrysler 300 SRT8 is perfect.

It blends in, but it has a honking great V8 under the hood making 470 hp. Iglesias is on the record saying he loves it because nobody messes with it, and he doesn't have to be as careful about where he goes or parks. However, it's not stock.

For some reason, he had Lambo doors fitted. As you can see from his photo below, he's also owned a Ford Flex, which we endorse as a low-key runaround, and Iglesias has a family and likes to run around with friends. There's also a Tesla on the fleet, but we're going to write that off as a celebrity thing, and nothing is more anonymous than a Tesla in LA.

Gabriel Iglesias

Fish Tank Tank VW Buses

There's no avoiding mentioning the infamous Gabriel Iglesias fish tank.

Have no fear; no numbers-matching classics were harmed in the making of these aquariums. They came about as a result of the bizarre reality show called Tanked! in that period of TV history when reality shows were running out of industries to mine.

You know, the kind of show where some shop is supposed to be the best in the world at what they do but then have an artificial time constraint placed on the high-priced item they're making or modifying.

Iglesias took the show up on its offer to build him a crazy aquarium, and he chose to do it with buses. Specifically, Brazilian-made buses that were ready to retire from a hard life and made of mismatched parts.

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